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Adhoc Oil Committee Split Over Final Report

Karuhanga accused Amama Mbabazi, the prime minister, Sam Kuteesa, Foreign Affairs minister and disaster preparedness minister Hilary Onek of bribery and influence peddling.
Legislators on the adhoc committee that was set up to investigate bribery in the oil sector have failed to agree on their final report. The committee was appointed by Rebecca Kadaga, the speaker of parliament in October 2011 after Gerald Karuhanga, the Western Youth MP implicated three senior government ministers for pocketing bribes from oil exploration firms.

 

Karuhanga accused Amama Mbabazi, the prime minister, Sam Kuteesa, Foreign Affairs minister and disaster preparedness minister Hilary Onek of bribery and influence peddling. As result, parliament recommended the appointment of an adhoc committee to investigate the allegations. Two years after, the adhoc committee says it is ready with its findings but some members do not agree with the report. Cecilia Ogwal, the Dokolo District Woman MP says she has issues that have not been captured in the main report.

She says although some of her issues were incorporated in the main report, several others were left out. Ogwal says unless all her concerns are incorporated in the main report, she will be forced to present a minority report, which she says is ready. Michael Werikhe, the oil Adhoc committee chairperson told URN on Thursday morning that they would meet later in the day to iron out of some of the contentious issues and finalize the report.

 

A member of the committee who talked to URN on a condition of anonymity says one of the contentious issues is authenticating whether the implicated ministers indeed pocketed bribes or not. The source says some members want the ministers clearedbecause the committee didn’t get sufficient evidence against them adding that, even the information they got concerning the matter was second hand.

 

However, on the other hand some members insist the evidence they received was sufficient to implicate the ministers. 

 

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